Bournemouth Airport (BOH/EGHH)

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Thinking big: Bournemouth Airport's new £45 million ($72 million) arrivals terminal serves a legendary beach resort and a universally affluent catchment including Sandbanks which has the fourth highest land values in the world.

Multi-faceted: The dense 30-minute, 500,000 Bournemouth-Poole-Christchurch conurbation includes an 18,000 student-strong university and a substantial tradition of teaching English to overseas students; served by over 30 accredited TEFL schools. Bournemouth is also a major convention centre and world-focus as an annual host of the main political party conferences.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • A modern airport, in an affluent catchment, with over two million people within a one-hour drive time.
  • Centrally located on the South Coast of England providing easy access to London, Midlands and Southwest England.
  • Leading Southern England coastal airport currently serving 695,000 passengers per annum
  • Opportunities to serve long-haul destinations with the airport’s 2,271m long runway.
  • Excellent surface access by road and rail.
  • The region welcomes over 9 million staying visitors each year, attracting 1.2 million from overseas.
  • Home of the ‘Jurassic Coast’, England’s first natural UNESCO world heritage site, New Forest National Park, Stonehenge and the Glastonbury Festival.
  • Bournemouth has the highest number of language schools outside of London.

A variety of support packages exist for new routes and airlines, which also benefit from Bournemouth's substantial on-site marketing efforts to deepen airport use in the inbound and outbound catchment.

Marketing and other support

  • Dedicated on-site marketing team.
  • Fully integrated marketing campaigns for all new airlines to achieve maximum coverage in the region.
  • Fully integrated PR support including inaugural route launches.
  • Contract specific and financial support (negotiated).

Bournemouth's catchment is an unusual mix of valuable elements ranging from youthful to affluent-established leisure, to business, and VFR.

Catchment Area

  • Bournemouth Airport offers access to a market of up to 2.6m
  • 399k conurbation population
  • 2m core catchment
  • 0.5 floating catchment

Industry and commerce: Katherine Jenkins helps celebrate the launch of the Sunseeker 40 – the Poole-based luxury yacht builder employs 2,300. 'The confusingly-named Liverpool Victoria insurance company is another major local employer of 2,000 people.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

  • Bournemouth Airport is a potential gateway to the Channel Islands and offers the ideal location from which to serve the south of England.
  • Integrator opportunity to serve the UK’s South and Southwest regions.
  • The airport is capable of handling aircraft up to and including the AN124 and B747-400F, and has ample available capacity to accommodate your cargo needs for the South of England.


Just minutes from the new terminal lies breathtaking natural beauty.


  • 15 minutes to Bournemouth town centre and coast.
  • Public transport direct from airport to Bournemouth town centre and train station.
  • Bournemouth to London direct in two hours via train.
  • Quick access to major roads connecting to London, Midlands and Southwest England.
  • National Express connects Bournemouth Airport via regular shuttle.

Infrastructure & Operations

  • New, modern terminal facilities.
  • Runway(s): One; 2,271m x 46m.
  • Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • 11 aircraft parking stands and with more remote parking stands available.
  • 2,400 car parking spaces.
  • In-flight catering facilities on-site.
  • Ideal cargo gateway for the Channel Islands and Southwest England.

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

Land of the giants (and giant-sized opportunities). Completion of new terminal infrastructure provides for a three million throughput. In the meantime tourist infrastructure is in no way lacking in either natural history or historical assets.

  • £45 million re-development of facilities including terminal, security facilities and navigational aids.
  • £60 million development of new business space at the Bournemouth Airport Aviation Business Park currently ongoing.

Vital statistics

  • Three key airlines and multiple tour operators.
  • 7,000 air transport movements per annum.
  • Over 30 destinations served.